Now you can devour these all year round, not just at Christmas. These tasty treats have been enjoyed at Christmas for ages! We're not sure where this tradition started but we do know how the tradition of giving them as wedding favours began. It used to be, in high class society, sugary bonbons were given as wedding favours as sugar was an expensive commodity. However, as the price of sugar decreased, sweets were replaced with almonds which signified well wishes on the bridegroom's new life. In the thirteenth century, the almonds evolved to be sugar coated and so these tradition has continued on to the present day. A sugared almond is supposed to symbolise marriage with the almond being bitter and the sugar being sweet and therefore representing the bitter sweetness of marriage.
A multicoloured, good quality sugar coated almond. They just look soooo edible!